Japan's Haneda Airport has re-opened to general aviation traffic, following a 25-year absence, although severe restrictions will apply. The Japan Civil Aviation Board, which operates the Tokyo-based airport, is allowing only four movements each day, which must be taken after 2100.

Foreign-registered aircraft are required to land at an international airport in Japan and clear customs before flying to Haneda.

According to Tokyo-based aircraft sales company Japan Business Jet, all GA pilots are also required to pass a test before being allowed to land at the airport. "To expect experienced pilots who have landed at some of the most difficult airports in the world to take a test before landing at Haneda is ridiculous," says the company. No details of the test were available at the time of going to press.

Source: Flight International